We all knew that there was a good shot that NC State came into next season without any recruits, but with Lacey leaving to go pro and Washington transferring, all of the sudden NC State needs bodies.
The good news is that Gottfried is on the case. Over the past year he has been recruiting two very skilled 5 star players. With the talent pool State had projected for next season, it seemed as if both of these guys were pipedreams, but with a lot of playing time on the table, things could be changing:
– 5 star forward Brandon Ingram is from Kinston and is being dubbed Kevin Durant Lite. He’s a 6’8 kid with good handles, body control and an elite ability to score it. He is from NC but the biggest problem is that his mentors include Reggie Bullock and Jerry Stackhouse (both UNC grads). So why are we even following him? Well, because he hasn’t said ‘no’ to NC State just yet. He is down to Duke, UNC, Kentucky, UCLA, Kansas and State. Yesterday he sat down with Coach Gottfried and listened to his final pitch. With Carolina guys mentoring him and Duke fresh off a national title and able to promise him a ton of minutes, Gottfried really has a tough sell, but don’t ever count him out. Ingram has been a fixture at home game this past season and has previously said that NC State wants to use him like they used Warren (which is as a high volume scorer). State isn’t out of this thing yet. Stay tuned. Ingram will announce his decision on Monday, April 27th.
– The other big time recruiting the Pack has been tracking is Malik Newman. The 5 star shooting guard is a cold blooded scorer who looked like a Kentucky lock just a few weeks ago, but all of the sudden things started to shift. LSU made a huge push and with their insane class already taking shape many believe Newman would jump on board. He still might, but with LSU getting a commitment from Brandon Sampson (5 star shooting guard) on Monday morning, this is looking less likely. The LSU news and the gap left by Trevor Lacey seems to not have gone unnoticed. Newman is related to Mo Williams, the NBA star who played his college ball under Mark Gottfried. This could be a key factor when it comes decision time. Newman would have the ability to not only come to a school that could give him major minutes, but one that is looking desperately for scoring. This is exactly what he wants as he figures to be a one and done (or a 2 year player) and a guy who wants the ball in his hands. He hasn’t visited State yet and none of the national talking heads are listing the Pack, but there’s a lot of talk swirling around that NC State has as good a chance as anyone to land this kid. He announced today that he will make his decision on Friday. The kicker, however, is that no decision he makes will be held as final since he has already said he will not be signing an LOI. Should State land Newman, look for the chances of bringing in Ingram to increase.
Things are getting crazy right now and the fortune of NC State’s team next year could drastically change should either of these guys choose the Pack. Hunker down folks, things are getting interesting.
It’s Not Over Till It’s Over
Look…I know the odds of NC State’s Men’s Basketball team going to the NCAA Tournament is next to zero percent.
In fact, according to Bart Torvik, the Wolfpack have a 1.1% chance of making the Dance as an at-large bid.
Don’t accuse me of wearing rose colored glasses, because I’m not. The fact remains, it’s not over until it is over.
What would have to happen for NC State to make the NCAA Tournament?
More than likely, NC State would have to win out the rest of the way, in games against Boston College, @ FSU, @ UNC, Duke and @ Pitt.
Maybe there’s a scenario where the Wolfpack beats BC, FSU, Pitt and beats either Duke or UNC. In order for that to play out, I imagine the Wolfpack would have to make a splash in the ACC Tournament as well.
Or maybe NC State could earn a bid winning 4 of 5 if they all of a sudden put together astronomical offensive and defensive efficiency numbers, which thus far has killed their position in the NET Rankings.
Either way, you would need some legit Cardiac Pack vibes for this team to make the Dance.
Call me unrealistic, but I think NC State should be in the NCAA Tournament every single season. Historically speaking, heading into this season, NC State ranked 27th for the most wins in college basketball history. If I lowered the standard a bit to 75%, accounting for an off year every now and then, the program is still way off the mark.
Read into this what you will, but if the Wolfpack doesn’t go to the Big Dance this year, that means they will have only gone twice in the past 7 years, and in my opinion, that’s unacceptable.
With that being said…GO PACK!
#6 NC State 70 UNC 80: BOX SCORE (with notes)
#6 NC State was defeated by their rival UNC this evening, falling 70-80 to the Tar Heels. Below is the Box Score with notes underneath.
- This game came down to shooting.
- UNC shot 50.8% from the field and NC State shot 35.2%.
- The Tar Heels shot an insane 52.4% from three, hitting 11 from beyond the arc.
- The Wolfpack shot 9 of 27 from deep.
- Junior Guard Aziaha James led the Pack with 24 points (10-24), and also grabbed 9 rebounds.
- Senior Forward Mimi Collins had a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds.
- The Pack needed to feed Collins. She was 3 of 6 from the field.
- Junior Guard Saniya Rivers had 13 points (4-13), and knocked down 4 three pointers (3-6).
- Senior Guard Madison Hayes had 11 points (4-12) and 9 boards.
- Senior Center River Baldwin struggled, hitting 2 of her 9 shots.
- The Wolfpack did manage to score 17 second chance points, compared to UNC’s 7.
- They also made 11 free throws, compared to UNC’s 5.
- UNC played extremely good defense, but NC State missed an obscene amount of shots around the rim.
- The Tar Heels looked like the better team tonight, leading for 3/4th of the game.
The Wolfpack will play at Duke on Sunday at 5:30pm on ACC Network.
#6 NC State Looks to Sweep Rival UNC This Evening
The 6th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team is looking to sweep their rival UNC this evening at 8pm on ACC Network. Back on February 1st, the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels 63-59. At the time NC State was ranked 5th, and UNC was ranked 24th.
Since arriving in Raleigh, Wolfpack Head Coach Wes Moore has led NC State to a 13-9 overall record against the Tar Heels, but they are 4-6 in Chapel Hill under his watch.
NC State lost to UNC the last time the game was played in enemy territory, falling 46-57 loss in Carmichael Arena on January 15th of last year. In that contest, the Wolfpack were ranked 11th and the Tar Heels were ranked 22nd.
If NC State wins tonight, it will mark the 4th time that Moore has led the Wolfpack to sweep UNC in the regular season.
Historically, NC State holds a 63-54 advantage in the series against UNC, but they are 20-30 on the road.
NC State’s Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Late Season Watchlist for the Naismith Women’s College Coach of the Year Award
NC State Women’s Basketball Head Coach Wes Moore is 1 of 15 on the Naismith Late Season Watchlist for the Coach of the Year Award.
The leader of our Pack 🐺🐺
— NC State WBB 🐺🏀 (@PackWomensBball) February 21, 2024
Currently, Moore has led NC State from being unranked in the preseason polls, to #6 currently. The Wolfpack are 23-3, and numerous publications project them to be a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Moore was a finalist for the Naismith Coach of the Year Award in 2020-21 and a Semifinalist in 2015-16.